About Robinson Crusoe Essay

469 WordsMay 10, 20112 Pages
Robinson Crusoe is said to be the first realistic novel ever, and it is written by Daniel Defoe. In this novel we meet Robinson Crusoe who is stranded on an uninhabited island. In the topical excerpt called "the print of a foot" Crusoe sees a footprint, and he starts wondering if the island really is uninhabited. Though Robinson Crusoe is stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere without any facilities, he is not a desperate man in any way. He sees himself as a king or an emperor, and feels kind of free, despite the limited geographical space. Crusoe also says "I had neither the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life. I had nothing to covet, for I had all that I was now capable of enjoying". The fact that the environment around Crusoe has been changed completely has also changed his way of thinking. Women have been less important, which is natural since there are no women around. But we can also see how the lack of material things, forces Crusoe to focus on other things and get other values. He starts thinking and reflecting about life and his own surroundings. Crusoe becomes pleased with the fact that he has everything he needs on the island, and he uses only what is needed; nothing more. The religious aspect of Robinson Crusoe should be mentioned. Crusoe thinks a lot about God and the Devil. He looks upon every positive thing, such as the rich nature, as gifts from God. Crusoe is very thankful to this, and he is happy that he is able to consider what he enjoyed, rather than what he wanted. Robinson Crusoe was the fictional autobiography of a castaway on the island of Tobago, off the coast of South America. In the story, Robinson Crusoe sailed from England in 1651. No sooner had he set sail than disasters began. First, a storm wrecked his ship, but that didn't slow down Robinson Crusoe. He set sail again. Next,

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